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Old 03-14-2019, 05:27 PM
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steering attenuator was the worst thing i ever did to my jeep and couldn't take it off soon enough, and am so glad i didn't drive off a 1000 ft cliff because of it.
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steering attenuator was the worst thing i ever did to my jeep and couldn't take it off soon enough, and am so glad i didn't drive off a 1000 ft cliff because of it.
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I put on a SA along with a new DL and TR a couple of weekends before going to Ouray. At about 1000 miles with the new SA, it crapped out. There would be 30 degrees of play in my steering wheel. You could be turning right while your wheels are still pointed left. This happened after running Mineral Basin with my wife and 1 & 4 y/o kids, so I wasn't abusing it. Coming back on the Million Dollar highway I had the fun of having my wheels going different directions than my steering. If you are not familiar with the MDH, there is no guard rail, 8" shoulder and 1000 foot drop.



It was a popular brand from a forum vendor, and I'm not here to bash anyone, just posting my experience. That cushy attenuator is nice now, but when it fails your steering will suck.
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I put on a SA along with a new DL and TR a couple of weekends before going to Ouray. At about 1000 miles with the new SA, it crapped out. There would be 30 degrees of play in my steering wheel. You could be turning right while your wheels are still pointed left. This happened after running Mineral Basin with my wife and 1 & 4 y/o kids, so I wasn't abusing it. Coming back on the Million Dollar highway I had the fun of having my wheels going different directions than my steering. If you are not familiar with the MDH, there is no guard rail, 8" shoulder and 1000 foot drop.



It was a popular brand from a forum vendor, and I'm not here to bash anyone, just posting my experience. That cushy attenuator is nice now, but when it fails your steering will suck.
Thanks for the heads-up. I`ll have to keep the OEM in the Jeep.
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Yeah, my steering is starting to get too loose with it. I'm taking it off in a few weeks when the weather gets warm.
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They have two versions, the smaller one and the bigger one. Every one I have heard of with a problem had the bigger one. I have the smaller one and so far it is working well. But it is a good idea on trips to carry parts to replace it back to standard. It is easy enough to do if you have the parts.
I can understand someone being unhappy after a bad experience. My sister in-law had hers fail (larger one). But she was still a fan and wanted it back after Steer Smart replaced it. But dealing with Steer Smart on the replacement was not a good experience for them.
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Mine took a dump at 16 months. I bought new in box from another member so they wouldn’t replace it. I did like the product but was told it possibly failed due to off road use or too large of tire. I don’t off-road and I have 35” tires which is not all that uncommon as a daily driver. My synergy drag link got here yesterday.
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Mine took a dump at 16 months. I bought new in box from another member so they wouldn’t replace it. I did like the product but was told it possibly failed due to off road use or too large of tire. I don’t off-road and I have 35” tires which is not all that uncommon as a daily driver. My synergy drag link got here yesterday.
Out of curiosity....why didn't you buy the center section that replaces the attenuator? Just done with SS or?

And on a side note what is the BMC in your name reference to?
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Mine took a dump at 16 months. I bought new in box from another member so they wouldn’t replace it. I did like the product but was told it possibly failed due to off road use or too large of tire. I don’t off-road and I have 35” tires which is not all that uncommon as a daily driver. My synergy drag link got here yesterday.
Out of curiosity....why didn't you buy the center section that replaces the attenuator? Just done with SS or?

And on a side note what is the BMC in your name reference to?
The center section is what failed. I was told it was most likely the bearings inside? I just decided to go with a solid drag link instead. I hope that answered your question? BMC is just my initials. Really creative. Lol.
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Mine took a dump at 16 months. I bought new in box from another member so they wouldn’t replace it. I did like the product but was told it possibly failed due to off road use or too large of tire. I don’t off-road and I have 35” tires which is not all that uncommon as a daily driver. My synergy drag link got here yesterday.
Let me know what you think about the synergy DL. I am needing one and going back between metal cloak and synergy. I saw a post, that a member could not get his synergy link to stay tight at the adjuster sleeve. Thanks
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Mine took a dump at 16 months. I bought new in box from another member so they wouldn’t replace it. I did like the product but was told it possibly failed due to off road use or too large of tire. I don’t off-road and I have 35” tires which is not all that uncommon as a daily driver. My synergy drag link got here yesterday.
Let me know what you think about the synergy DL. I am needing one and going back between metal cloak and synergy. I saw a post, that a member could not get his synergy link to stay tight at the adjuster sleeve. Thanks

Will do. Hopefully I get a day this week to install.
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Will do. Hopefully I get a day this week to install.
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The center section is what failed. I was told it was most likely the bearings inside? I just decided to go with a solid drag link instead. I hope that answered your question? BMC is just my initials. Really creative. Lol.
I guess I should have expounded more....they have a solid center section/adjuster so you didn't have to buy a whole new bar...it's like 130....
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I guess I should have expounded more....they have a solid center section/adjuster so you didn't have to buy a whole new bar...it's like 130....

might be good to pick one up and use it as a trail spare. I can say that i don't have the most faith that my xd attenuator won't fail on the trail. especially if they're saying that off roading and running 35s might cause premature failure. hahaha....
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I agree....I just ordered a solid center for mine to see if that's where I'm getting play in my Jeep from.... we'll see...
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i never saw the point in adding a place for more steering wheel play.....
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I've had mine on for a few months now and honestly I haven't been able to tell a difference. Might just take it off and sell it honestly, I expected way more of a benefit for how people raved about theirs
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The center section is what failed. I was told it was most likely the bearings inside? I just decided to go with a solid drag link instead. I hope that answered your question? BMC is just my initials. Really creative. Lol.
I guess I should have expounded more....they have a solid center section/adjuster so you didn't have to buy a whole new bar...it's like 130....
Oh I got ya. I only paid 100$ new which is why I took a chance on the attenuator to begin with. I got a deal on the synergy drag link which I have more faith in at this point due to my buddies recommendations. I got the synergy for 200$ new from a buddy or get the attenuator again for 180$. I guess we will see.
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I've had mine on for a few months now and honestly I haven't been able to tell a difference. Might just take it off and sell it honestly, I expected way more of a benefit for how people raved about theirs
Mine gave an immediate improvement going over rough roads at 25mph. But I do feel there's a tiny bit of slop in the steering wheel. Just a degree or two.
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I agree....I just ordered a solid center for mine to see if that's where I'm getting play in my Jeep from.... we'll see...
Cool. Looking forward to hearing if that tightens it up.

I like the intention behind this thing, but they might have been overly ambitious advertising these for off road vehicles.
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I agree....I just ordered a solid center for mine to see if that's where I'm getting play in my Jeep from.... we'll see...
Interested. I have the SS drag link and tie rod. I've had the Griffen XD as well. Like them both. Not sure if I need to add the Griffen XD again or if it makes that much difference. If I did get one I would keep the other part just in case of failure.
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I am in the No Attenuator camp too. Maybe mine was defective, it reduced vibration but felt like my steering was floating and made it difficult to center the wheel. I hated it and ended up replacing it with a solid SS drag link and tie rod and like it much better without the Attenuator.
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i never saw the point in adding a place for more steering wheel play.....
I completely agree. Never could see why I would want to add that thing, figured it was a gimmick so I just ordered the regular SS setup without it and its been great.
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I compare the SA with the dead pedal, something you don`t have to have but, it makes the drive better. Yes you can feel the rubber in the attenuator "give" a little, but aren't you supposed to? I know if mine(R-P HD) breaks, I would buy another.
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Surprised about all the posts not liking the SA. I have had the SA installed going on 3 years now with 35s. I noticed less vibrations in the steering wheel once I installed it, but since then it is one of those "out of sight - out of mind" items that is just doing what it is supposed to do. I haven't noticed any excessive play in the steering, but I guess everything that has moving parts will wear out sooner or later. Other than the SA, still running all stock steering at 65K miles.
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So I pulled out the attenuator this weekend and installed the solid center....got it all aligned back up and checked all the torque on the front end.... definitely like it better without it....most of the play in the wheel is gone now....only about an inch of play compared to about 2.5 inches of play....seems normal now....
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So I pulled out the attenuator this weekend and installed the solid center....got it all aligned back up and checked all the torque on the front end.... definitely like it better without it....most of the play in the wheel is gone now....only about an inch of play compared to about 2.5 inches of play....seems normal now....

That's the exact same problem I had with play in the steering wheel which made centering the steering very difficult. When I added the Attenuator my traction control would activate more frequently so I decided to just replace the entire trackbar with the solid SS model. Did you notice any difference in your traction control function after adding it?

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